Similar to passenger vehicle accidents, there are multiple types of truck accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes the following types of truck accidents:
Another type of truck accident is called a jackknife crash. A jackknife crash can occur when a truck’s cab swings backward and hits its trailer. Truck accidents can also occur due to cargo failures. Cargo may fall off of a truck and enter the road in this type of accident, or it may cause the truck driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash.
If you were injured in a truck accident, your lawyer might be able to help define the type of accident you experienced. Proving the cause and cost of the accident on your own can be challenging and time-consuming. The legal team who represents you might be able to help you establish your case, value your injuries, and negotiate with the at-fault party.
Build Your Compensation Claim with These Documents
On your own, it can be difficult to prove the cause of your truck accident. To help you prove the responsible party’s liability in your personal injury claim, your lawyer might use:
- A copy of your crash report
- Accident scene photos
- Field sobriety test results
- Traffic violations or citations
- The truck driver’s logbook
- Their weight and inspection records
Your lawyer may also be able to speak to witnesses or other parties involved in your accident. If you have contact information for any of the following individuals or groups, provide it to your legal team:
- The investigating officer
- The at-fault truck driver
- Their employer
- Relevant insurance companies
- Accident witnesses
With a personal injury legal team on your side, you might be able to focus on your physical recovery. While you work on restoring your health after a truck accident, your legal team might be able to help restore your financial health.
Establishing the Financial Impact of a Truck Accident
You may not be forced to bear the financial burden of an accident caused by a negligent truck driver or a faulty truck.
If your legal team can help you establish that another party’s negligence caused your accident, you might be eligible to recoup compensation for your:
- Accident-related medical expenses
- Accident-related income loss
- Property damage or total loss
- Physical disability or disfigurement
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional trauma
Your legal team may be able to help you assess the financial impact of your accident. To do so, they may request the following documents and materials:
- Health care records
- Health care bills
- Medication receipts
- Salary records
- Vehicle repair bills
- Vehicle value estimates
You do not have to identify, locate, and obtain these items file without assistance. Your lawyer may be able to help you obtain any of these documents if they are not already in your possession.
Once a financial value has been assigned to your case, your lawyer might be able to help you begin settlement talks with the at-fault party or their insurance representative.
Your Lawyer May Negotiate a Settlement on Your Behalf
Many personal injury cases are resolved without going to court. Your lawyer might be able to help you settle your lawsuit by negotiating a favorable settlement with the at-fault party. You will always have the final say about any settlement offer you receive. If you decide to accept an offer, you will sign a waiver releasing the at-fault party from any further financial liability.
The decision to accept a settlement offer is final, though, so your lawyer may offer you advice on the viability of any offers you receive. If you do not receive a fair offer, your lawyer may be able to take your case to trial.
Let Our Team Help You Recover from a Truck Accident
If you were injured in a truck accident, you might be entitled to financial compensation due to the truck driver’s negligence. There are multiple types of truck accidents that might have led to your injuries.
Morelli Law Firm might be able to help you determine the type of accident you were involved in, its cause, and the cost of your physical and financial recovery.
Contact the case review team at Morelli Law Firm by calling (212) 751-9800 to start exploring your legal options today. We offer free case reviews to truck accident victims. If you qualify, we may be able to work for you on a contingency-fee-basis, where our attorney fees come out of your settlement offer or court award if you win your case.